West Chicago Bold goal

By 2025, 90 percent of K-8 students will meet projected improvements in reading and math, and the obesity rate among youth will decrease by 6 percent.

Where we’ve been

The West Chicago Neighborhood Network seeks to enhance the health, safety and well-being of children and families. This is accomplished through a collaborative, coordinated and comprehensive approach with neighborhood schools and community members.

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Partnering with schools

  • Community school coordinators worked with English as a Second Language providers to increase the effectiveness and availability of classes. This resulted in the highest test scores in the history of the English Language Learners Program.
  • Network schools increased the percentage of kids meeting academic growth rates from 47 percent in 2016 to 50.5 percent in 2017.

Health and well-being

  • Community mental health clinicians provided services to students and their families more than 1,100 times, including individual and family sessions, case management, parenting education, group sessions and crisis interventions.
  • In 2017, 120 households accessed the community market each month and approximately 195,000 pounds of food was distributed.

Where we’re going

The West Chicago Neighborhood Network is continuing to refine a results-based strategy for improving its community.

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Creating structure

  • A collaborative group of school and organizational partners developed a set of shared intake questions to identify ways to best support families in addressing barriers to family and student success.
  • Network partners created a data platform to accurately capture participation in community events.
  • WeGo Together for Kids established a baseline of 46.3 percent of students being overweight or obese. The organization is working with the DuPage County Health Department to track data annually.

Hear from your neighbors and supporters

Ciara Thomas

Community School Coordinator, West Chicago District 33

“Our mission is really to work with the parents to build advocacy skills, to work on leadership opportunities and then find different committees or building bases in the schools or communities where the parents feel empowered and welcome to share their voice at the table.”

Ma. Elena Gonzalez

WeGo Together for Kids leadership training participant; West Chicago mother of two

“What has impacted me the most is to know myself more—to know what I can do and what I can become…. I feel fulfilled as a person. I feel enthusiasm for myself that I managed to make this goal and that I can achieve more and go further.”

Margi Schiemann

Director of Community Affairs, Nicor Gas

“It’s through these partnerships and efforts that we see firsthand the results of the investment we have made and will continue to make in Northern Illinois communities.”

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